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Australia, Travel

A Roadtrip to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest

October 4, 2015

Everyone knows about the standard backpacker things to do in Cairns. You stay at Gilligans, go out to Gilligans, sunbathe by Gilligans pool and do a dive at the Great Barrier Reef. This post is for the people that want a couple of nights off from all that. We hired a Jucy campervan and headed north of Cairns to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.

Cape Tribulation

We hired a Jucy van before to do the Great Ocean Road so knew they were good and they didn’t let us down this time either!

The drive up to Cape Trib is so beautiful. I know that sounds like something your parents would say but it’s so true. Miles and miles of white beaches and rainforest make any drive easier.

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation is famous because it’s where the rainforest meets the sea. It’s a great long stretch of white sand and looks exactly how I imagine paradise to be. I’m not a fan of busy beachfronts, I’d much rather a beach look natural and secluded and that’s exactly what Cape Tribulation is. I could have stayed here forever.

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We did eventually tear ourselves away to continue our trip but I never found a beach as nice as this in the rest of Australia.

The other half of our road trip was to the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is particularly famous for it’s waterfalls. The most well known one is Millaa Millaa Falls where the Herbal Essences advert was filmed. It’s best to visit the waterfalls after a long period of rain because the flow will be a lot of stronger. We went after a bit of a drought so the waterfalls weren’t very powerful but I thought they still looked good!

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We had great fun rock sliding and re-creating the Herbal Essences advert. As we had the Jucy van, we could set our own schedule as to where we wanted to be and how long we stayed. We often had waterfalls to ourselves which was really lucky! There’s a lot of tours that travel around Cape Trib or the rainforest that go there and back in one or two days which is fine if you’re on a tight time schedule but not so good for crowding issues!

The 5 days of this roadtrip were probably some of the best times of my travels. The freedom of the road, living in my bikini and flip flops and cooking out of the back of the campervan is everything I want in life. There is no place I would rather be!

Cape Tribulation

Australia, Travel

The Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, Victoria

October 30, 2014

Melbourne is a beautiful place but if you get the chance to leave the city for a few days, go and explore some more of Victoria. Stu and I rented a Jucy campervan for 5 days so we could drive the famous Great Ocean Road and go and see some wildlife on Phillip Island.

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The Great Ocean Road goes all the way to Adelaide but the standard tourist route stops not long after the Twelve Apostles. We drove from Melbourne down to Lorne on the first day. All of the little towns along the route are pretty similar but Lorne is my favourite. The beach is really pretty and it’s really close to a waterfall called Erskine Falls – well worth a visit!

Every town has campsites so you don’t have to book anywhere in advance. We tended to pay between $20 and $30 a night which seemed reasonable to us.

We camped near the Twelve Apostles on the second night so got to see them both at sunset and sunrise. They rocks change colour at these times so it really is the best time to go and see them. The campsites by the Apostles (in Princetown) are home to some wild kangaroos so it’s amazing to be camping next to them.

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After our roadtrip we drove to Phillip Island to see the world famous penguin parade. Australia is home to the little penguin and you can watch hundreds of them come home from a day at sea on Phillip Island. We loved watching the penguins walk up the beach and back to their nests. They have to build up the confidence to come out of the sea so they keep running in and out until one penguin is brave enough to make a run for it. The penguins are extremely shy so no photos are allowed and you have to keep very quiet.

Phillip Island wildlife park is a great little place to go in the day. You get to walk around with kangaroos, wallabies and emus and feed them. The wallabies even hold your hand whilst eating – so cute! The park has tons of other animals in enclosures including wombats, dingoes and koalas.

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